Insight on the News

Insight on the newspaper is a magazine specializing in General topics.

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 18, May 3

A Ban on Faculty-Student Sex Shouldn't Be the Issue at All
The debate reported to be raging in the University of Virginia's Faculty Senate -- namely, whether sexual relations between faculty members and undergraduates should be prohibited -- illustrates the lamentable state of academe these days. Common sense...
Carrying Victimization a Step Further
This country has suffered too long from the dangers of passive smoking. I mean, people around us smoke, and we get lung cancer. But smoking is not the only bad thing engaged in by other people for which we suffer the consequences. Take sex. We suffer...
Clinton May Win the Battle but Lose the War
In recent weeks, an anecdote has circulated widely that epitomizes President Clinton's problems with the military. It involves an incident that suggests what many in the defense community have sensed from the get-go: The new administration's philosophy...
On Rockwell, Relativism and America's Need for Revival
A cultural contrast from time to time permits a measure of the rate of change. The exercise is subjective, but not necessarily imprecise -- and can be illuminating. Exhibit A: In Stockbridge, Mass., the new Norman Rockwell Museum was dedicated recently....
Rape as Sport: The Culture Is at the Root
Remember when the phrase "boys will be boys" referred to kids cussin' and fightin' each other in the school yard? Sometimes they got a little rough, blackened an eye or bruised a cheek, but that's how a young man got his "street smarts." A father...
Superfund Supermess: Loaded for Bear, EPA Hits Worms Instead
Summary: To residents of Burlington, Vt., the Environmental Protection Agency has become the "Creature from the Barge Canal." Brought in to pave the way for a new road, the agency favors a cleanup that will be extremely expensive and probably useless....
The President Misfires as a Military Tactician
President Clinton had a perfectly good opportunity to polish his skills as the commander in chief, and he blew it. He came to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on a balmy early spring day to speak to the nation's newspaper editors, and the storied...
Time to Get Down to Business and Help Russia Effectively
After 18 months of "It's the economy, stupid," it is a welcome development for both President Clinton and the secretary of state to publicly acknowledge that America's future and fortunes are linked directly and dramatically to events abroad. Encouraged...
Trying to Declaw the Campus Copycats
Summary: Plagiarism and fraud on campus have been around for a long time, but some observers say the problem seems to be growing -- and among both students and faculty. Money and the very nature of the academic mind may be at the root of the problem,...
Waging War on Sex Crimes and Videotape
Summary: United by their calls for a greater crackdown on pornography and sex crimes, highly vocal activists, legal experts and polemicists are crusading to change society's attitudes about such concepts as discrimination and a woman's consent. And...
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